A new bullet point: the day our protagonist enters the army

A copy of a petition for naturalization filed with a federal court in Lake Charles, Louisiana, provides a few additional details on our protagonist, the late CIA officer Henry Hecksher. The document notes that he entered the US Army on January 27, 1942. His serial number was 38055921.He requested a new name, Henry Detlev Hecksher, … Continue reading A new bullet point: the day our protagonist enters the army

A story told briefly at death

Our central character, Henry D. Hecksher, died on March 28, 1990, in a hospital in Princeton, New Jersey, as a result of complications from Parkinson's disease. The New York Times covered his death in a three-paragraph obituary the next day, giving us a very brief sketch of his life that nonetheless hints at a peripatetic … Continue reading A story told briefly at death